Tuesday, April 18, 2000 / Farvardin 30, 1379, No. 962
* We HAVE changed
Laleh Khalili writes: In the introduction to Shadafarin Ghadirian's photographs ["Present in the past"] you wrote: "We live in the 21st century. But in some ways, Iranian society has not progressed for centuries. Many of our habits and beliefs have not caught up with the times. This is the immediate impression from Shadafarin Ghadirian photographs... "
But I DISAGREE! Her photographs show that we HAVE changed. Not that we have stayed still. Look at the canned soda, or the guitar or the boombox, but also look beyond that, to the insolent poses of these women. They may appear "traditional", but I think Ghadirian means for us to see that a category such as "traditional" has little meaning. And whose standard of "progress" or "traditional" are we using anway?
Anyway, thanks for posting these. They are wonderful.
Khatami criticised by conservative deputy
TEHRAN, April 18 (AFP) - Iran's factional struggle took a new turn Tuesday, as an outgoing conservative deputy accused reformist President Mohammad Khatami of helping the enemies of the regime by his "vague rhetoric." "The enemies of revolution are profiting from the president's vague rhetoric and they slander the fundamental values of the Islamic republic," Tehran MP Ali Movahedi-Savoji told parliament at the opening of Tuesday's session >>> FULL TEXT
Hard-liners protest against Khatami's reform policy
TEHRAN, April 18 (AFP) - Hundreds of hard-liners gathered on Tuesday at the University of Tehran to protest against the reforms initiated by Iran's President Mohammad Khatami. The protestors, whose numbers were estimated by reporters at the scene to be around 1,500, gathered at the entrance to the university in central Tehran to demand that "the advocates of American-style reforms be brought to justice." >>> FULL TEXT
Executions decline worldwide, except in Iran
April 17, (BBC) -- More than 1,800 people were executed in 31 countries around the world last year - more than half of them in China, according to Amnesty International. The human rights group says the total number fell compared with 1998, when it was just over 2,200, but the United States, Iran and Saudi Arabia all recorded big increases >>> FULL TEXT
Angry protestors block highway over election cancellation
TEHRAN, April 18 (AFP) - Protestors unhappy at the overturning of election results blocked traffic on a major highway in southern Iran's Fars province Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency reported. "Traffic has been completely blocked on the Shiraz-Bandar Abbas highway making travel to the southern regions of Fars province impossible," said Hadi Pajuhesh, deputy provincial governor in charge of security affairs, cited by IRNA >>> FULL TEXT
Iran claims confession of suspect
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The main suspect in the attempted assassination of a leading Iranian reformist has confessed to his crime, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported Tuesday. ``I talked to the accused myself and he explicitly confessed to having committed the crime and said he would repeat his confession in court,'' the agency quoted deputy head of the judiciary, Hadi Marvi, as saying >>> FULL TEXT
Suspected attacker of reformist "escaped to Pakistan"
TEHRAN, April 18 (AFP) - A leading suspect in last month's shooting of an Iranian reformist politician fled to Pakistan three days later aboard an airliner which mysteriously diverted to Karachi from an internal flight, the government newspaper Iran reported Tuesday. The daily quoted an unidentified member of parliament as saying that "the person who got off at Karachi was called Qassemi and had an active role in the attack" on Said Hajarian >>> FULL TEXT
Saudi Arabia plans security cooperation accord with Iran
RIYADH, April 18 (AFP) - Saudi Arabia is to hold talks with Iran on a security cooperation accord between the two major powers of the Persian Gulf, the official SPA news agency reported Tuesday. The Saudi cabinet, in its weekly meeting chaired by King Fahd, put Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz in charge of contacts with Tehran "on a plan for a security cooperation accord between Saudi Arabia and Iran >>> FULL TEXT
Reformist Iranian newspaper says Iran-US ties "inevitable"
TEHRAN, April 18 (AFP) - An Iranian reformist newspaper said Tuesday that diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States were inevitable, in an unprecedented front page commentary. The English-language Iran News, which is much read by foreign diplomats and other expatriates, said both sides needed to renew ties broken off in the wake of the 1979 Islamic revolution, for political, geographical and economic reasons >>> FULL TEXT
Iran denounces U.S. attempt to fingerprint fencers
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran Tuesday denounced the United States for seeking to fingerprint visiting Iranian fencers, a move which prompted the athletes to pull out of a tournament in the United States. But the United States said the fencers knew in advance they would have to give fingerprints and said a request for a waiver was received but too late >>> FULL TEXT
Sluggish economy spurs an Iranian brain drain
TEHRAN When Ali Kermani picks up his diploma later this year, the 22-year-old engineering student at Tehran University will begin what has become a rite of passage for Iran's young and educated: flight from their homeland. Along with thousands of other Iranian graduates, Kermani will line up outside foreign embassies in the hope of nabbing a work visa. "I have no choice but to leave," Kermani sa id in a crowd of head-nodding students at Tehran University. "There is no hope for us here." >>> FULL TEXT
Kiarostami to film orphans in Uganda
April 18, 2000, Rome - The internationally renowned Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, has accepted an invitation by the United Nations agency, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to produce a documentary on the efforts of rural women in Uganda to save lives of orphans who have lost one or both parents to AIDS >>> FULL TEXT
Mark your calendar: World Sadi Day
Majid's Tales in Dutch
Fencing Team: "Our pride is worth more..."
Iran Sports Press - With video clip: The Iranian Junior Fencing Team arrived back in Tehran to a warm welcome by Iranian officials after refusing to demands by US Immigrations officials to be finger printed at Chicago Airport. The Iranian team arrived to a warm welcome by members of the Iranian Fencing Federation and Iranian Olympic Committee >>> FULL TEXT
Farahani: "I am happy with caching staff"
Iran Sports Press - In a press conference with the Iranian sports press on Tuesday, Safaee Farahani, the President of the Iranian Football Federation (IFF), dismissed speculations that Iran was planning on hiring a foreign coach for its troubled National Team >>> FULL TEXT
Flashback: Iran thrashes Saudi Arabia to reach Argentina
Iran Sports Press - This game against Saudi Arabia was Iran's first match in the first round of qualifications for World Cup Argentina 78. Iran had to meet Saudi Arabia in Riyadh's Malar Stadium to for this game >>> FULL TEXT
The Iranian Parliament today, April 18 2000, passed the
controversial ammendment to the press law. Reformists have attacked the
bill passed by the conservative dominated Parliament as restrictive and
in violation of press freedom. Sadeq Saba looks at the new bill.
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I see a new stage in the social life of Iranian women unfolding before our eyes, a stage closely linked with the totality of the political life of the country. At this stage where the political survival of the country is threatened by political superstitions and taboos concealed in such disguises as the "Western political onslaught," the social life of our women is the most accessible symbol that provokes the opponents of the principle of freedom to attack it as the epitome of the enemy of the revolution and Islam.
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